Event Details


7:00-8:00 p.m. CT


November 2, 2023


Tom and Ruth Harkin Center (2800 University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311)

Virtual Live Stream on The Harkin Institute YouTube channel


American Sign Language (ASL) and Live Captioning (CART) will be provided for both in person and virtual attendees.

Accessible seating in Sussman Theatre is unfortunately limited, but there will be overflow accessible seating upstairs in Olmsted Center with the live stream playing. If you need an accessible seat, please email us and we will do our best to provide a spot in the theatre.

Those requests and any additional accommodation requests can be made by emailing harkininstitute@drake.edu.

Event Summary

Americans may be more divided than ever, but some say our disagreements aren’t causing the division, but what we do when we disagree. At this year’s Fall Sussman Lecture, Tim Shriver will discuss “The Dignity Index”, which was developed by his nonprofit UNITE, and share how it can be applied to solve the country’s toxic political and cultural divides. Shriver will also explain why dignity is the key to easing divisions, preventing violence, and solving problems. 

About Tim Shriver

Timothy Shriver is married, a father of 5, the Chairman of Special Olympics International and co-founder of UNITE – an initiative to promote national unity and solidarity across differences. Tim began his career as an educator and subsequently co-founded and currently chairs the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), the leading school reform organization in the field of social and emotional learning. Shriver earned his undergraduate degree from Yale University, a Master’s degree from Catholic University, and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Connecticut. He has produced 6 films, is the author of the New York Times bestseller Fully Alive – Discovering What Matters Most, and co-editor of The Call to Unite: Voices of Hope and Awakening.

About the Sussman Lecture Series: The Sussman Lecture Series hosts a notable public policy figure to discuss topical current events with a small audience. The series was established by Richard Sussman, AS’51, and his late wife Lila. Tickets are required and seating is limited to provide an intimate experience for attendees. 
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